Google is expanding yet again in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Wash., just a few months after purchasing a huge new office complex there.
Google inked leases at two additional buildings in Kirkland, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company didn’t say how many square feet the deals total, but the Puget Sound Business Journal put the number at roughly 180,000 square feet.
The news comes just four months after the company purchased a chunk of the Kirkland Urban complex, which includes 400,000 square feet of office space where Google had long been rumored as a tenant. The tech giant in October opened the first phase of a new 930,000-square-foot campus in Seattle, just down the road from Amazon, for its cloud division.
With the latest deals, Google now has more than 2 million square feet of space across the region, including more than 1 million feet in both Seattle and Kirkland. Google has said it has 4,500 employees in the region, and its real estate portfolio gives the tech giant room for more than 10,000 people.
Google is one of more than 130 companies from around the globe that have set up engineering centers in the Seattle region. In many ways, Google started the trend. The search giant opened its first Seattle-area office in Kirkland 15 years ago, and since then, Google has built up one of the largest engineering outposts in the region.
These engineering outposts are competing with local companies for a deep roster of tech workers, thought to be more loyal than their counterparts in the San Francisco area. Seattle’s tech talent pool is now the best in North America, according to CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent report, and Google and companies like Facebook are taking advantage.